NGBEE: a n extinct language of Democratic Republic of Congo

The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It was superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005). See also the corresponding entry in the 16th edition (2009).

SIL code: NBL

ISO 639-2: bnt

Region Orientale Province, scattered in Rungu, Niangara, Wamba, and Watsa territories.
Classification Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, D, Bira-Huku (D.30).
Comments The people have adopted the language of the people they live among. Some speak Mangbetu and some Mayogo. The language shift is apparent from the fact that although there is no Mangbele dialect of either language, they both list a Mangbele people among the speakers of their languages. Extinct.

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:

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